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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2014

CONTACT: Jennifer Miller, (608) 266-1683

A BOOST FOR WISCONSIN’S SEAL-A-SMILE PROGRAM

Delta Dental of Wisconsin Provides Additional Funds To Help School-Aged Children Prevent Cavities

MADISON—The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is proud to announce it has received an additional $100,000 from Delta Dental of Wisconsin to continue its successful Seal-A-Smile program which provides dental sealants to children across the state to help prevent tooth decay and promote good oral health.

“Dental sealants are a well-accepted clinical intervention to prevent cavities,” said Dr. Jeffrey Chaffin, State Dental Director. “This extra boost in funding from Delta Dental of Wisconsin will allow the program to reach even more school-aged children, and provide sealants to children who may not otherwise have access to the treatment.”

Delta Dental of Wisconsin currently contributes $350,000 annually to the Seal-A-Smile program which has a three-pronged mission:

  • To have annual community-based sealant promotion initiatives in every county of the state
  • To provide education and information about sealants and oral health
  • To strengthen state and local partnerships between oral health, education, and youth health advocates to improve the oral health of children in Wisconsin

Both public and private funds support Seal-A-Smile, which is one of many efforts by DHS to promote and improve oral health for the benefit of all state residents. It is proven that good oral health is critical to overall health and well-being. Dental sealants create a physical barrier against bacteria and food and can play a key role in preventing tooth decay, along with community water fluoridation, a healthy diet, and brushing with fluoride toothpaste.

Last fall, 38 organizations shared nearly $600,000 in school-based sealant program grants to provide dental sealants to low-income children in 59 Wisconsin counties. The programs are located in schools where at least 35% of students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

For more information about the state oral health program, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/Oral_Health/.

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Last Revised:  February 10, 2014